I was a Teenage Creationist: Field Notes on the Culture War

When I was very young, science was incredible to me. I watched Bill Nye whenever I could, which was almost never—thanks, baby sister of yesteryear. At one point I heard you could watch him on the World Wide Web, so I begged my Dad to let me try. We sat waiting while our 56K modem struggled to load a full ten minutes… » 2/06/14 10:20am 2/06/14 10:20am

When do Authors Overexplain their Setting?

Since the posts about zombie science (zcience? Sorry) and ScienceMagic(TM), I've been thinking about when explaining a thing takes away from the impact of the story. See, in genre fiction, we deal with a lot of made up things. These things have to be explained to the audience to make sense. If you tell me Dan the… » 10/21/13 9:15pm 10/21/13 9:15pm